Ferguson Quiets On Thanksgiving Eve, But Spirits Remain Low

Snow on Ferguson
A man walks past the burned out remains of a business that was set on fire after the grand jury verdict in the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, on November 26, 2014. Jim Young/Reuters
The anger that marked two nights of intense protests and riots in Ferguson seems to have given way to steely resolve on the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday.
The St. Louis suburb of some 20,000 became the focus of international attention when a white police officer, Darren Wilson, shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, in August, sparking months of protests and an intense national conversation about race and policing.
Today, the thousands who crowded the streets in summer are gone, and only a few dozen stand vigil in the freezing cold outside the Ferguson police department.

At this moment, #Ferguson is quiet with about 70 protestors out on this wet nite. The National Guard on hand watching.

— Frank Cusumano (@Frank_Cusumano) November 27, 2014

All quiet - with exception of horns honking in support - on So Florissant in .#Ferguson. National Guard in parking lots, snipers on roofs.

— stevegiegerich (@stevegiegerich) November 27, 2014

1 protester yelling "Nat'l Guard to go home. "This is not your fight." Another #Ferguson protester wishes them a happy Thanksgiving.

— Koran Addo (@KoranAddo) November 27, 2014
St. Louis county prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch announced Monday that a grand jury had decided not to indict Wilson for Brown's death. That night, rioters set fire to several cars and at least three buildings were torched.
For the African American communities of the St. Louis area, anger has mostly passed, and only grief remains. "It's Thanksgiving eve, but everyone is down in the dumps," said St. Louis county councilwoman Hazel Erby. "There were no consequences as a result of this teenager's death. That's just unacceptable," she said. "There's no excuse for that."